HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - William Carey University will present Lisa Loomer's "Bocon," an award-winning fable filled with humor and enchantment. "Bocon" is a studio piece designed, directed and performed by Carey students.
Actors include both theatre majors and students from various levels of Spanish classes.
Student directors are Chris Permenter, of Hattiesburg, and Billy Burkes, of Lauderdale. Other cast members include Taylor Abbott, of Picayune, Ashlyn Watts, of Picayune, Logan McCarty, of Hattiesburg, Haley Genberg, of Warren, PA, Nadia Trinanes, of Hattiesburg, Xavier Martin, of Hattiesburg, Nicoli Hutchinson, of Picayune, Miranda Rester, of Sumrall, Treya Brown, of Hattiesburg, Baxter Walters, of Hattiesburg, Amanda Gibson, of Columbia, Michaela McCraw, of Rapid City, SD, Gunner Stewart, of Petal, Zachary Singletary, of Madison, Alisha Fishel, of Olive Branch, Devin Sorrell, of Bardstown, KY, and Lindsay Knight, of Hattiesburg.
The fable tells the story of 12-year-old Miguel, an irrepressible bocon (the Spanish word for big mouth).
Miguel, a natural storyteller, loses his voice when his parents are taken away by a military regime. He then begins a metaphorical journey north to Los Angeles.
The journey shows Miguel meeting a host of dangerous magical spirits, and again finding his voice along with the courage to cross the border into a new life.
It was written in response to the turmoil in Central America during the late 1980s. Permenter said the fable is a remarkable tale that appeals to anyone.
"It's a very challenging piece, because the show is written and performed in both Spanish and English," said Permenter. "However, it has a beautiful message that will touch a place in everyone's heart."
You can see the show at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
Admission to "Bocon" is free, but advance reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221.
The box office will be open from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Feb. 3.